- Join an incredibly affordable program trusted by over 22,000 since 2006
- Your safety is our highest priority, and all our projects and facilities have been thoroughly vetted
- Fulfill your passion for medical work and gain valuable experience while on a life changing adventure
- Experience the feeling of saving lives and providing much-needed care to those who would not get it without you
- Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, food and in-country support
Are you a medical student or a health care professional? Do you want to have a life-changing experience shadowing medical professionals in the beautiful country of Kenya?
Unfortunately, half of the Kenyan population are under the line of poverty and do not get adequate healthcare facilities. They succumb to treatable diseases as the proper healthcare is expensive and out of their reach. Also, hospitals and clinics are very limited, overcrowded and understaffed. You can join and make a difference while also experiencing fascinating Kenyan cultures and traditions.
As a medical volunteer in Kenya, you will shadow doctors and nurses in a local clinic or hospital. Your roles and responsibilities highly depend on your skills and qualification. Generally, you will help collect information and measurements from the patients such as blood pressure, temperature, and height/weight and be available to assist the doctors and other medical staff when required.
Joining this medical volunteer program in Kenya will be an eye-opening and life-changing experience for you. You will gain invaluable international medical experience in a real setting while giving back to the communities in need.
It is highly recommended that you have a proof of experience in a medical field, such as pre-medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. You will not be allowed to perform major diagnostic or surgical work, you will have a vital role to play in assisting doctors and interacting with patients.
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I am applying to Physician Assistant school soon and wanted to have a better perspective with global healthcare. I felt that I needed to see the health disparities with my own eyes to understand that I was fortunate enough to receive excellent care when I had surgery, recovery, and currently today, but it was not the case for the non-privileged patients of these developing countries. Many healthcare professionals in developing countries face the challenge of having inadequate facilities, limited resources, and understaffed clinics and hospitals. Being out of my comfort zone and working in the challenging settings in Kenya has helped build my character, enhance my abilities, and encourage me to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide the best possible health care keeping in mind the circumstances. The last weeks have allowed me to develop adaptability and resilience in these clinics will make it easier to navigate a profession in the health field. The PAs and nurses welcomed me apart of their team and communication to direct patients to diagnosis and treatment options. Being exposed to this environment has given me a better perspective on healthcare. I felt safe in this environment since my accommodation was in a gated community with security guards. I missed home, and to have a home cooked meal every night in my program coordinator's home allowed me to feel comfortable and consider it a home away from home. I knew that if I came to Nairobi that I had to experience a safari and the culture. I was amazed by the beauty of the big five in Nairobi National Park, the elephants from the David Sheldrick orphanage, the giraffe center, and the Bomas of Kenya. This volunteering trip has been one of the greatest things I have had the privilege to experience and I am leaving taking all of the knowledge I have learned to apply in my future profession.